Damp, Nasty Crawl Space?
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Mike Rusk, owner of Ohio Basment Systems, waxes poetic about the woes of crawl spaces in their area. The typical crawl space does not have a concrete floor, it's usually dirt. One of the side effects of this is that a dirt crawl space will promote humidity and airflow, without preventing water leaks or seepage. Air tends to circulate up through the house due to a process called the Stack Effect, and finally is exhaled out through the upper floors and the attic. The Stack Effect will compound the negative impact of an unsealed, dirt crawl space.
The crawl space is almost like the undercarriage of your home. Just like the underside of a vehicle, many important structural parts of the home are located in the crawl space. Excess humidity and moisture allows molds and fungi access to these important supports, as they will eat organic material like the wood in floor joists and fiberglass batt insulation.
This problem is two-fold. Mold and fungus will eat away at the structural supports in the crawl space, potentially weakening the base of the home. At the same time, this build up will also allow the mold spores to spread upward and circulate into the main rooms of the home, causing potential health risks. If you're noticing increased allergy or asthma symptoms, the culprit might be your crawl space!
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